Non-ethnic Chinese Hong Kong police officers including Constable Ifzal Zaffar (third from right). Picture: Edmond So
Lisa Lim
Opinion

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Language Matters by Lisa Lim

What the case of Hong Kong’s star policeman says about city’s language policy

Ifzal Zaffar recently climbed a crane and, speaking in Urdu, persuaded a fellow Pakistani not to commit suicide. He’s proficient in Cantonese with help from a government scheme, but a fuller embrace of multilingualism is still needed

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Non-ethnic Chinese Hong Kong police officers including Constable Ifzal Zaffar (third from right). Picture: Edmond So
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